Category Archives: Lebanon

ABC More Smoke-Free Than Ever

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People were complaining earlier online that they spotted some people smoking indoors at ABC Achrafieh and that the mall is breaking the smoking bank law. It didn’t take long for ABC’s owner Robert Fadel to contact the concerned people and state that “he gave extremely strict directives for smoking to be absolutely banned in all indoor areas at ABC”.

That’s great news and thumbs up to ABC for responding that quickly and in the best way possible.

For those of you who aren’t aware, ABC Achrafieh started breaking the smoking ban in indoor areas a few days ago despite being the first establishment to embrace the law before it was even passed. Ironically, ABC was at the same time raising awareness about breast cancer! Needless to say, many of you got enraged at the new status quo, and without us even spreading the news, you flooded ABC’s page with furious complaints.

And guess what? It worked!! MP Robert Fadel, owner of ABC, contacted us a few hours ago saying that as soon as he heard about the situation, he gave extremely strict directives for smoking to be absolutely banned in all indoor areas at ABC. Thank you Mr. Fadel for preserving a law you were a pioneer in adopting a few years ago.

Dear supporters of Law 174: in less than 24 hours, YOU made a company retract its decision just because YOU vehemently defended your right to breathe clean air that’s guaranteed by Law 174. In the process, YOU proved wrong those who claim the law is dead and nothing can be changed in Lebanon. The law is well and alive when there are people like YOU fighting for it!! So the next time you’re sitting at a restaurant or bar and people around you start smoking indoors, protest to the owner, protest on the venue’s Facebook page, and protest by calling 1735 to report the violation. Change will happen only if you fight for your rights and make your voice heard!

Mabrouk again and enjoy your smoke-free visits to ABC!

Lebanese-American Journalist Serena Shim Killed In Turkey

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Press TV, for which Serena used to work, is not buying the car accident story and is pointing at the Turkish Intelligence. Serena had stated few days before that the Turkish intelligence agency had threatened her and accused her of spying.

The Lebanese authorities should call for an open and transparent investigation into the death of Serena Shim.

A journalist working for Press TV on the Turkish-Syrian border was killed on Sunday in what are claimed to be suspicious circumstances.

Serena Shim was reported to have died in a car accident while returning to her hotel in Turkey after leaving the strategically important Syrian town of Kobani.

She was a passenger in a car that collided with a truck. But Press TV, an Iranian broadcaster, does not accept that it was an accident.

Her death occurred the day after she broadcast an item – as shown in the clip above – in which she said the Turkish intelligence agency had threatened her and accused her of spying.

A Conversation With An Internet Supplier in Lebanon

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One of my friends just moved into his new house and wanted to get a decent internet connection, so he called several companies and chose what he thought was the best plan for him. The internet supplier called him few weeks later and here’s the conversation that took place:

X:Hello

Hi

X: We are contacting you regarding the internet plan you’ve requested. U asked for the 6mb plan right?

Correct

X: Unfortunately ur phone line cannot handle more than 2mb

How come?

X: We r not responsible for that. We just check with Ogero. So which plan do u want? The 4mb or 6mb?

I dont get it. U just told me I can’t have more than 2mb

X: Yes sir but we only offer 4 and 6mb for this plan.

But I can’t use any of them. You just told me that. You want to pay for a speed I can’t use?

X: Of course not but these are the offers we have.

U do realize half of Lebanon can barely get 1 or 2mb right?

X: You should contact Ogero for that. We are not responsible.

Ok I will do and let u know

X: Great so I sign you up for the 4mb plan? Right?

What?

X: I just want to know which plans u r choosing.

Dude Chou ostak? Why would I pay for a connection I can’t use? I ‘ll see what to do and let u know.

X: ok I’ll keep it as 4mb for now.

Whatever. Bye

I am currently signed up at my parents’ place to the 2MB Ogero connection (minimum speed) yet their phone line cannot handle more than 1MB and I’ve been asking for years if we can fix this problem but in vain. The only way to get a decent connection outside Beirut is through a 3G/4G dongle even if it costs more.

Religious And Ethnic Hatred Top Concern Among Lebanese

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Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Tunisia also shared Lebanon’s concern. Check out the rest of the study [Here].

At 58%, Lebanon had the highest level of concern of any country and identified religious and ethnic hatred as the single greatest danger to the world, correlating to its diverse religious makeup of Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Lebanese Christians, Greek Orthodox, and Jews. Meanwhile, severe battles between Hezbollah and Jabhat al-Nusra have brought war to Lebanon. Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Tunisia also shared Lebanon’s concern. [PewGlobal]

MP Nicolas Fattoush Got An Apology Instead Of Getting Arrested

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I was about to write a post on how MP Fattoush should not get away with what he did today and that there’s no reason not to punish him, but I just heard on MTV that Manale Daou has apparently apologized to Fattoush while LBCI stated that Judge Claude Karam reconciled the two in his office.

That’s just pathetic and sad and yet another proof that Lebanon is going backwards.

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